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Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC lands in China

Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC lands in China

Chalk another one up to bizarre branding: you're looking at the Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC, the handiwork of Shenzhen Industries, and while you might assume the Chinese firm have "borrowed unofficially" the designer branding, in actual fact this is the result of a legitimate licensing deal.  The PC-729 has a 7-inch 800 x 480 WVGA resistive touchscreen, 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor and 16GB SSD, and is set to hit Chinese shelves priced at 2980 yuan ($436).

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Lessons From a Mac OS Switcher

Lessons From a Mac OS Switcher

I used to be a total Macintosh user; however, over time, various places I worked depended on Microsoft Windows and other MSFT technologies so that I was forced to use Windows for much of what I do. I still kept using a Mac, mostly for creative work and where business use allowed, but I had to have Windows in my life. Over the last few years, Apple has created a new line of machines that more closely match my laptop needs and have made a lot of changes to their core platform OS X. The result is a combination that makes for a very compelling argument to use Macintosh full time.

Sony VAIO virtualization block means most can’t run Windows 7 XP Mode

Sony VAIO virtualization block means most can’t run Windows 7 XP Mode

Windows 7's XP Mode was billed as a way for upgrade-shy enterprise users to make the jump to Microsoft's new OS without losing access to their prized legacy apps.  Unfortunately, if you've kitted out your workforce with shiny Sony notebooks it's not something you'll be able to take advantage of; Sony have confirmed that their current VAIO range do not support the Intel Virtual Technology (VT) necessary for XP Mode to function.

Acer & ASUS delay Android netbooks; freeze launches until Pine Trail in Q1 2010

Acer & ASUS delay Android netbooks; freeze launches until Pine Trail in Q1 2010

Acer and ASUS are tipped to have frozen new netbook launches in the second half of 2009, in response to Intel's decision to postpone the launch of the Pine Trail-M platform - of which the Atom N450 processor is a part - until Q1 2010.  As part of that, Acer's dual-booting Android/Windows XP netbook has been postponed with no known launch date; the netbook, first shown in prototype form at Computex in June, was most recently expected to arrive in August.

HP Mini 110 Mi and 110 XP now on sale

HP Mini 110 Mi and 110 XP now on sale

HP's latest netbook, the Mini 110 series, has gone up for sale at the company's webstore in both Mi and XP editions.  Replacing the HP Mini 1000 Broadband, XP and Mi models, the Mini 110 starts from $279.99 for the Linux-based netbook and $329.99 if you'd rather have Windows XP.  The listings also confirm pricing for the accessories and upgrades, including how much the switch to Intel's Atom N280 processor will cost you.

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III Hybrid netbook with removable Android UMPC-display [Video]

III Hybrid netbook with removable Android UMPC-display [Video]

You'd think we'd seen every form factor and possible processor combination from Computex already, but III have still managed to surprise us.  Their hybrid system combines the base of an HP Mini 1000-series netbook, from which the Intel Atom processor has been junked and replaced with a 1.6GHz VIA C7-M CPU.  Meanwhile the display has been replaced with a detachable touchscreen slate, with its own processor, and running Android.  The two can be used separately.

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xpPhone video hands on: 3G, 5hrs battery & plenty of bulk

xpPhone video hands on: 3G, 5hrs battery & plenty of bulk

ITG's xpPhone was one of the more curious prospects for Computex - something with the form-factor of a MID but resolutely intended to be used as a cellphone - and jkkmobile stopped by to check it out.  The xpPhone certainly tries to fit in as much as possible: SSD up to 64GB in size, multiple wireless options including Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G and WiMAX, and an AMD mobile processor.

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Compal KAX15 MID with overclocking Atom Z515 CPU [Video]

Compal KAX15 MID with overclocking Atom Z515 CPU [Video]

MIDs a failure?  No no no, how could that be when this little beauty is headed to the market?  Known here as the Compal KAX15 MID, but likely to find itself a variety of alternative brands including Gigabyte and Aigo, it's based on Intel's existing Menlow platform and packs an 800MHz Atom Z515 processor, a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

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